Welcome to EAL
EAL English as an Additional Language
Many of our students have English as a second or additional language to the one they learned as a child or speak at home. We offer different types of support to our students to help them access lessons depending on their level of need.
Foundation Language Group – FLG
Students who come to Djanogly with no English at all will start in the FLG. Here they will receive a full-time intensive immersion language course where they will be learning key vocabulary for school. Students will remain in the FLG for approximately two weeks; this is flexible depending on their level of need.
These sessions are taught by mainstream staff and we try to make them as practical as possible so that students are using English in practice. We also offer a trip out of school to encourage their confidence in speaking English.
We also ensure that students have an understanding of the phonic sounds used in the English language as they are so different to many of the home languages. We also ensure where students come from a country with a very different alphabet that they are taught the English alphabet.
Developing Language Groups – DLG
Once the students are ready to move on from the FLG they will start to attend mainstream lessons. We will have assessed their ability through teacher assessments and Maths assessments and will place them in the appropriate teaching groups. They will also be placed into a DLG group run by a specialist language teaching assistant. Each week they will receive 8 sessions of EAL intervention.
In DLG the focus is on students learning the grammar of constructing sentences. They will learn about different tenses and how to change their verb choices when using plurals. There is a focus on grammar and the elements needed to form a successful sentence. The students are monitored closely and teaching is tailored to push individuals in their own language development. They will move on as soon as they are ready though we have also a formal assessment every half term.
Supported Language Groups – SLG
The final stage of taught intervention is SLG. Here the students are focused on building and decoding texts. They will now have a reasonably high functioning level of English and will be more fluent in using English for academic learning. They receive four sessions of EAL per week run by a specialist language teaching assistant.
Other support offered to EAL students: Mentoring
Once students are in full time main stream classes they will continue to be monitored and mentored by specialist language teaching assistants. This will happen in tutor time or after school and will focus on supporting students in their academic studies.
Small group reading run by the specialist teaching assistants are offered three times a week. These are invitation only and encourage confidence in reading. The groups vary between reading as a group, paired reading and 1:1 reading.
Students are invited to attend handwriting sessions to help them form their letters in ways that are taught in British primary schools. This helps students in the presentation of their work and ease of communication with teachers. This is invitation only and runs twice a week.
In class support
Students who are taught as part of the FLG/DLG/SLG groups will have a language improvement plan. This is given to mainstream staff to inform their planning and helps students to focus on the next steps for their language development.
Teaching assistants support students in lessons, adapting resources and helping them access the content and skills of the lesson. They also deliver 1:1 sessions with students to give extra support to their development.
We have a team of staff in school who have received specialist training in teaching students with English as a foreign language. This team is vital in supporting and training other members of staff who teach our EAL students.
Mrs K Newton – Director of Literacy and EAL
Ms A Drewnik – EAL teaching assistant – speaks Polish
Ms J Eaton – EAL teaching assistant – speaks French and Spanish
Mr I Jones – EAL teaching assistant
Miss C Mottram – EAL teaching assistant
Mrs A Wenda – EAL teaching assistant – speaks Polish and Russian